Job fair strategy key for job seekers

Job OpeningsJob fairs are attracting thousands of job seekers these days. Making yourself standout from the
 crowd can be difficult.

Having a plan before you show up at the fair is more important that ever, say the experts at the outplacement consultancy Challenger, Grey and Christmas.

“You cannot go in blind or without a plan. It is important that you know which employers will be there and the types of positions they are trying to fill. Only visit those that align with your objectives,” CEO John Challenger said in a news release.

Challenger offers a laundry list of tips for increasing your chances of scoring a job when a visiting a fair.


Speaking of laundry, No. 1 on the tips list addresses a pet peeve of mine – dress like you really want a job.

“Wear neat, pressed clothes and shined shoes. Cover tattoos, if possible. No visible body piercings (other than earrings on women).,” Challenger says.

Personally, I have no problem with tats and piercings. But there’s no telling how a recruiter will react. Why take a chance?

Click here for Challenger’s full list of job fair tips.